Triathlete Sarah Ormerod uses shockwave therapy to tackle the root causes of her GTPS and Runner’s knee

Name: Sarah Ormerod

Occupation: Triathlete

Condition: Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Hip Pain) & Patella Femoral Knee Pain(Runner’s Knee)

Treated at: How Clinic, Edinburgh

Device Used: MP200 MasterPuls

triathalon shockwave therapy

Triathlete Sarah Ormerod recently completed the Outlaw Half in Nottingham, which took place on 21 May and is the equivalent of a half Ironman. The Outlaw Half Nottingham is one of Britain’s most popular events, often selling out in a matter of minutes. The Middle Distance event covers a 1.2 mile open water swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run, which must be completed in less than nine hours.

Sarah’s puts her recent success at this event down to Shockwave Therapy. Sarah has been suffering for a number of months with hip pain, this caused a secondary complication of patella femoral knee pain or runner`s knee. She tried Gait Analysis and physio, but to no avail.

Hip pain or Greater Trochateric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) is a very common condition that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. The pain from greater trochanteric pain syndrome may be localised or may radiate into the posterior/lateral aspect of the thigh/hip and usually increase with activity.

The greater trochanter is the bony bump on the outside of the hip. Hip pain that originates on the outside of your hip, upper thigh area or the outer buttocks is normally caused by issues with the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surrounds the hip joint. Weakness in your hips and buttocks can then cause problems in other parts of the body, such as the knees.

Runner’s knee is caused by irritation of the iliotibial band (a thick band of connective tissue, fascia, on the lateral aspect of the knee, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over your hip and knee). The official name of this injury is the iliotibial band syndrome. Studies suggest that excessive hip adduction increases the tension on the iliotibial band, which then becomes over stretched, thus causing knee pain (Patella Femoral Knee Pain).

Frustrated, unable to run or train due to the pain, Sarah looked into other treatment options. She discovered Shockwave Therapy as a treatment for hip and knee pain, she was able to have both problems treated together. Sarah was treated with the Storz Shockwave device, this delivered sound waves to the painful area to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

Following a course of treatments at the How Clinic, Sarah is now back training and competing in triathlons.